Nazis suspected of political arson attacks
Sweden

Nazis suspected of political arson attacks

Police suspect Swedish neo-Nazi groups of burning down a Stockholm cultural centre and setting fire to an apartment occupied by a young family in two separate arson attacks in the last week.

Sweden rejects Bosnian war crime pardon request
Sweden

Sweden rejects Bosnian war crime pardon request

Sweden’s justice ministry has denied a second pardon request from Biljana Plavsicm, the former Bosnian Serb president and convicted war criminal, to have her 11-year-jail sentence ended.

Shareholders demand Lufthansa raise offer for Austrian Airlines
Germany

Shareholders demand Lufthansa raise offer for Austrian Airlines

German airline Lufthansa will have to raise its offer for Austrian Airlines if it wants to secure more than 75 percent of the ailing Austrian flag carrier, a shareholder group said Thursday.

Cabaret singer Heesters calls Hitler a ‘nice guy’
Germany

Cabaret singer Heesters calls Hitler a ‘nice guy’

Germany’s favourite oldest living cabaret entertainer Johannes Heesters is in trouble again for calling Adolf Hitler a "nice guy" in a TV interview on Dutch television Wednesday night.

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Sweden

Ford values Volvo at $6 billion: report

Ford has said it wants to sell Volvo Cars for $6 billion, just shy of what the US carmaker paid when it bought the Swedish company a decade ago.

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Sweden

Forgotten patient dies in Stockholm emergency room

A patient admitted to the emergency room of a Stockholm hospital later died after being forgotten by hospital staff for more than an hour.

Spring fashion: Frills, thrills and jumpsuits
Sweden

Spring fashion: Frills, thrills and jumpsuits

The weather might be bleak outside, but that's no excuse not to start planning your spring wardrobe as Jennifer Heape rounds up the hot trends for the new year.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Find a club or concert to suit your tastes with The Local’s weekend guide, produced in association with entertainment buffs Djungeltrumman.

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Sweden

Swedish texts ‘filled with ideological bias’

Several books used to teach Swedish as a second language are plagued with ideological bias, according to a recent academic study.

National archive posting millions of photos to Wikipedia
Germany

National archive posting millions of photos to Wikipedia

The German National Archive announced on Thursday that some 100,000 digitalized historical photos were available for the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia in a dual project that will eventually make about 11 million photos available for public use.

What’s on in Sweden: December 5 – 11
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: December 5 – 11

What's on in Sweden: December 5th - 11th. Hootchy Kootchy burlesque and Cirkus Cirkör in Stockholm; Motorhead and "making a difference" in Gothenburg; Status Quo in Malmö/Lund.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 6
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 5
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 5

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 6
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Germany

ECB slashes eurozone interest rates

The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday cut its main interest rate by a surprisingly hefty 75 basis points to 2.50 percent in an attempt to boost the flagging eurozone economy.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 5
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 5

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 6
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Swedish study shows women prefer older men
Sweden

Swedish study shows women prefer older men

Researchers in Sweden studying personal ads have found more evidence to support the old cliche that men like younger women, and women prefer older men.

Lidl sells camcorders that connect amateurs to tabloid newsroom
Germany

Lidl sells camcorders that connect amateurs to tabloid newsroom

German discount retailer Lidl has started selling camcorders that are digitally linked with daily tabloid Bild, making voyeurism easy for the amateur reporter, daily taz reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: December 4 – 10
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 4 – 10

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Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 5
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 5

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Weathering the wintertime blues in grey Germany
Germany

Weathering the wintertime blues in grey Germany

Feeling glum now that darkness has descended upon Germany for the next four months? David Wroe takes a look at the wintertime blues.

Destination of the week: Sigtuna
Sweden

Destination of the week: Sigtuna

Just a short journey from the capital, the pretty medieval town of Sigtuna is one of Sweden's historic gems, writes Jennifer Heape.

Exhibition seeks to ease Cold War children’s show tensions
Germany

Exhibition seeks to ease Cold War children’s show tensions

A comparison of East and West German versions of the all-time favourite German children’s TV series Sandmännchen has opened this week at Frankfurt’s Museum for Communication.

Merkel calls for joint EU approach to crisis
Germany

Merkel calls for joint EU approach to crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday called for a common European approach towards the global financial crisis ahead an EU summit in Brussels next week.

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Sweden

Riksbank slashes interest rates

The Riksbank cut Sweden’s benchmark interest rate nearly in half on Thursday, shaving 1.75 percent off the repo rate, leaving it at 2.0 percent.

Warning for icy roads across Sweden
Sweden

Warning for icy roads across Sweden

Weather forecasters in Sweden are warning drivers for slippery roads throughout the country on Thursday, with snow to blame in the north and ice in the south.

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Sweden

Sweden to unveil new stimulus package

The Swedish government is discussing a package of measures to cushion the economy from the blow of the global financial crisis, a government source said on Thursday.

Man beats bus driver over ‘driving style’
Germany

Man beats bus driver over ‘driving style’

A 40-year-old Dortmund man repeatedly punched a public bus driver late on Wednesday because he didn’t like his “driving style,” police reported on Thursday.

Berlin police offer €10,000 reward for mailbox bomber
Germany

Berlin police offer €10,000 reward for mailbox bomber

Berlin police on Thursday offered a €10,000 reward for the man who critically injured a 12-year-old girl with a mailbox bomb last week.

Hoffenheim faces Bayern test
Germany

Hoffenheim faces Bayern test

The title credentials of surprise German league leaders Hoffenheim will face their sternest examination yet on Friday when the village side travel to the home of reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Experiment allows people to ‘shake hands with themselves’
Sweden

Experiment allows people to ‘shake hands with themselves’

Neuroscientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have succeeded in getting subjects to perceive another person's body as their own.